The Senate Transportation Committee advanced today a resolution sponsored by Senator Joe Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) urging commercial airlines to implement and enact policies concerning peanuts on flights to address allergy concerns.
“Peanut allergies can have lethal consequences and are nothing to mess around with,” Kyrillos said. “Airlines have a responsibility to provide basic safeguards for passengers with special health needs. People who report a peanut allergy to an airline should have the comfort of knowing they won’t be served peanuts or put in danger of an allergic attack because of a fellow passenger’s snack.”
Approximately three million people in the United States alone report allergies to peanuts and tree nuts. The number of children living with peanut allergies is believed to have tripled between 1997 and 2008.
Kyrillos’ Senate Resolution 124 commends the existing policies of JetBlue Airways Corporation and Southwest Airlines and urges other airlines, at a minimum, to announce to passengers on the plane that there is a passenger on board with an allergy to peanuts.
“For the millions of children and adults who suffer with peanut allergies even remote exposure to a peanut can cause immediate and harmful side affects,” Kyrillos added. “The consequence of having this type of allergic reaction on an airplane where limited medical help is available is a threat that needs to be considered carefully and immediately.”